Prof. Dr. Zeynep Karahan UsluFaculty Member
After graduating from the University of Istanbul, School of Communication, she had a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in Public Relations at the same university. She has worked as a faculty member in several departments of different universities such as Department of Public Relations and Department of Sociology at University of Istanbul, Faculty of Communication at Aydin University of Istanbul, Chair of the Department of Visual Communication Design at University of Economics and Technology of TOBB (Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey). She also served as chairperson in the process of foundation of the Turkey Research Center (TAM) at Aydin University of Istanbul. She currently holds the positions of Head of Department of Public Relations and Advertising at Çankaya University in Ankara.
She has been elected as Deputy of Istanbul and Şanlıurfa, respectively during the 22nd and 24th legislative periods and was served as chairperson of various International Commissions within the Turkish Grand National Assembly. During her political career, she has held the positions of Deputy Chairperson of the Department of Public Relations and Department of R&D of AKP (Justice and Development Party) between 2002 and 2018, as well as being a member of the Central Decision and Executive Board (MKYK). She was also the senior adviser to the AKP leader.
She currently holds numerous positions within national and international bodies, institutions and civil society associations operating in the academic and social fields, serving as Board Member of the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO, Chairperson of the UNESCO Expert Committee for Gender Equality, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Yıldız Palace Foundation (YSV), Vice-president of the Committee for the Euro Mediterranean Partnership of Local and Regional Authorities (COPPEM), member of the International Communication Association (ICA), founding member of the Hazar Association of Culture and Education, founding member of the Administrative Board of the Avrasya Association of Sociologists.
She has received several awards and acknowledgements, among which the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity, and she has authored, collaborated in and edited ten books, numerous articles and many other publications on communication, sociology of communication, political communication, intercultural communication, public diplomacy and nation branding.
Prof. Karahan Uslu is married with one child.